Say It With Roses
Planning on purchasing roses for a friend or lover this Valentine’s Day? You’re one of many. A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found that 37.8 percent of Americans will buy flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, spending a total of $2.1 billion. While red roses are traditional for romantic partners, roses come in many other colors as well. If you want to send a specific message, choose your color carefully. Here are the traditional meanings behind popular hues.
Red: Love & Romance
The red rose has ties to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
Pink: Love, Gratitude, & Appreciation
Darker pink roses are associated with gratitude and appreciation, while lighter pinks symbolize gentleness and admiration.
Yellow: Friendship, Joy, & Good Health
Yellow roses send a message of platonic love without the romantic implications of other colors.
Orange: Enthusiasm & Passion
Orange roses bridge the gap between friendship (symbolized by yellow roses) and love (represented by red roses).
White: Marriage, Spirituality, & New Starts
Formal and elegant, white roses historically symbolized innocence and purity.
Purple: Enchantment & Majesty
The lavender rose is a sign of love at first sight.
Information from proflowers.com